Your WCC residency status determines your tuition. Review the WCC residency status criteria below and learn how to change your WCC residency status or home address. Some tuition discounts are available in specific circumstances.
Veterans, as well as military staff transferred to Michigan, just need to present appropriate documentation to waive the 6-month Michigan residency requirement for themselves and dependents who reside with them.
Documents that determine your residency
All documents must be current and valid.
- In District - State of Michigan driver's license or State ID with Washtenaw County address.
- Out of District - State of Michigan driver's license or State ID with an address that is outside of Washtenaw County.
- Out of State - Driver's license from another US State, ID card from another US State, US Passport, or Permanent Residency Card.
- Out of Country - Foreign passport or an enhanced driver's license from a WHTI participating country.
Determining/Changing Residency Status
You can change your residency status by visiting the Student Welcome Center with appropriate documentation. Students may log into the WCC Gateway to check their current residency status; choose MyWCC, then the Student Services tab, click Student Records, then General Student Information.
You may submit documentation to the Student Welcome Center through the 12th day of the semester.
However, documents proving residency must be dated prior to the start of the semester.
I am a U.S. citizen
I have permanent resident alien, asylum, refugee, or federally approved DACA status**
|I Live||As Of||My Residency
|In the WCC district||now and immediately before the first day of the semester and my previous residency was in Michigan||
|In the WCC district||now and I lived in Michigan for 6 months prior to the first day of the semester and my previous residency was outside of Michigan||
|In Michigan (but not in-district)||now and for 6 months prior to the first day of the semester||Out-of-district|
|In Michigan (previously out of state)||now but not for 6 months prior to the first day of the semester||Out-of-state|
|Outside Michigan, in or outside the U.S.||now||Out-of-state|
I am NOT a U.S. citizen
I do not have permanent resident alien, asylum, refugee, or federally approved DACA
|I Live||As Of||My Residency
|Outside the U.S. or am not a U.S. citizen or do not have permanent resident alien, asylum, refugee, or federally approved DACA status.||now||
** For those who have permanent resident alien, asylum, refugee, or federally approved DACA status, residency will initially be set to out-country. After you bring in documents showing your status, as well as the items WCC needs to verify your current residency, we will adjust your residency status.
Aspects of Residency
- The residency of a student will be based on current and valid Driver's License, State ID or Passport.
- A student establishes legal residency using the address and other pertinent information submitted on their application and registration materials. The college will verify the residency.
- The residency of minors (under 18) shall follow that of their parents or legal guardian. However, students under 18 who provide sufficient evidence that they are independently supporting themselves, and reside in the Washtenaw Community College District, may qualify as in-district residents regardless of their parent's residency status.
- The residency of any person, who may furnish funds for payment of College fees, (other than a parent or legal guardian with whom the minor resides) shall in no way affect the residency of the student.
- Veterans, as well as military staff transferred to Michigan, may present the appropriate military documentation by the WCC deadline and the 6-month Michigan residency requirement will be waived. This extends to the dependents who reside with them.
- Any individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Program), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), of title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the State of Michigan while attending Washtenaw Community College (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) will be eligible for in-state tuition.
- Students who live with and whose spouse is a legal resident of Washtenaw County or State of Michigan will obtain the residency status of their spouse.
- Students who live with and are dependent on a parent or a legal guardian who is a legal resident of Washtenaw County or State of Michigan will obtain the residency of the parent or legal guardian.